Interim Joint Committee on State Government

 

Task Force on Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs

 

Minutes of the<MeetNo1> 4th Meeting

of the 2010 Interim

 

<MeetMDY1> November 16, 2010

 

Call to Order and Roll Call

The<MeetNo2> 4th meeting of the Task Force on Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs of the Interim Joint Committee on State Government was held on<Day> Tuesday,<MeetMDY2> November 16, 2010, at<MeetTime> 12:45 PM, in<Room> Room 149 of the Capitol Annex. Senator Damon Thayer, Chair, called the meeting to order, and the secretary called the roll.

 

Present were:

 

Members:<Members> Senator Damon Thayer, Co-Chair; Senators Walter Blevins Jr., Jimmy Higdon, and John Schickel; Representatives Kevin D. Bratcher, Mike Cherry, Larry Clark, James R. Comer Jr., Joseph M. Fischer, Mike Harmon, Melvin B. Henley, and Mary Lou Marzian.

 

Guests: Sarah Ball Johnson, Executive Director and Katie Gabhart, General Counsel of the Kentucky State Board of Elections.

 

LRC Staff: Judy Fritz, Karen Powell, Terisa Roland, Bill VanArsdall, Kevin Devlin, and Greg Woosley.

 

Approval of Minutes

Upon motion by Representative Henley and second by Senator Blevins, the minutes of the October 26, 2010 meeting were approved without objection.

 

November 2010 Election Review

Sarah Ball Johnson, Executive Director of the State Board of Elections, reviewed the November 2010 elections. The election was conducted relatively smoothly, with only a few minor issues involving the number of paper ballots printed in a couple of counties and voter coding in split precinct elections. Ms. Johnson also noted her office is considering offering a legislative proposal to clarify the law applicable to challengers, the dissemination of absentee vote totals on Election Day, and recount and recanvass procedures.

           

Several members of the Task Force posed questions and voiced their opinions and concerns.

 

Signature Requirements for Independent Candidates in Consolidated Local Governmental Elections

Katie Gabhart, General Counsel of the State Board of Elections, reviewed recent litigation relating to the number of required signatures for an independent candidate in a Louisville Metro Council election. Ms. Gabhart noted that the Jefferson Circuit Court found an ambiguity in the current law, and she offered a recommendation as to how the ambiguity could be resolved by the General Assembly.

            Several members of the Task Force posed questions and voiced their opinions and concerns.

           

Business concluded for the meeting schedule for the 2010 Interim and adjourned at 1:45 p.m.